We always want to have good skin, but unfortunately, our skin always has all kinds of bad conditions. If you want to deal with these conditions, you need to understand the characteristics of your skin, so as to be able to do better skincare, today we will talk about the characteristics of Asian skin.
1. Asian Skin is More Acne-Prone
A major environmental factor affecting our skin is ultra-violet radiation. Ultra-violet radiation has been reported to cause increased oil production by the sebaceous gland, worsening aur skin texture, and increasing the number of comedones. Ultra-violet radiation can also suppress the natural immune response of the skin. As a consequence, the skin’s natural barrier may be altered and P. acnes, the bacteria that is known to cause acne formation, over colonize the skin causing flares of acne.
2. Asian Skin Contains More Melanin
In Asian skin, pigment-producing cells are more active. With increased cellular activity to form melanin, pigmentation forms more easily in Asian skin than their Caucasian counterparts with the same amount of stimulation (e.g. ultra-violet radiation). This stimulation can also come in the form of inflammatory skin conditions (e.g. acne, eczema or psoriasis).
Susceptible individuals develop a condition called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (i. increased melanin production on areas of skin that are "damaged" by treatments or existing skin conditions). Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can last from months to years and may significantly impair the lives of individuals.
3. Asian Skin is More Sensitive
Large-scale population studies have demonstrated that self-reported skin sensitivity does not seem to vary across different ethnicities. However, adverse skin reaction to cosmetics appears to be significantly higher in Asian than in Caucasian subjects. The incidence of retinal sensitivity is also higher in Asians than in Caucasians. Hence, keep in mind that your aesthetic doctor should take note of skin sensitivity as an important factor when selecting suitable treatments for you
4. Asian Skin Develops Scarring More Easily
Asian skin in general has darker skin phototypes. Studies have found that darker skin increases the risk of scar formation and that Asian skin is characterized by increased scar tissue formation and collagen deposition during wound healing. As a result, Asians are at higher risk of hypertrophic scars like keloids and hyperpigmented scars after skin injury.
5. Asian skin is prone to certain hyperpigmentation conditions
In terms of aging, the Asian skin has more photoprotective factors against the ultra-violet radiation versus their Caucasian counterparts This photoprotection trait, however, results in the skin developing more pigmentation as the individuals ages. Conditions like melasma, sunspots and aged spots are more common. Because of higher melanin activity in Asian skin, it is also more prone to developing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation patches when it experiences any damage.